Charlie Helps FRSA
Founder and CEO
harlie is an internationally recognised authority and commentator on corporate leadership and governance, He is a consultant, coach, and adviser to boards, directors, C-Suites, teams, and individual clients.
Charlie’s clients come from across sectors and industries, spanning private and public sector, healthcare, local and regional government, Academia, private and family business, charities, and others such as the construction industry.
In a recent article titled “Corporate Governance in Troubled Waters,” Charlie explored the fact that with corporate failures prominent in the headlines, the words “corporate governance” have entered the mainstream media, and that the expression “failure of corporate governance” has become commonplace. The names of culprit companies, chairs, and CEOs have become all too familiar.
He suggests that traditional, mechanistic, and compliance-based approaches to corporate governance have left many in troubled waters; that trust in corporations has been eroded and company performance has suffered. Charlie and his associates believe that governance begins with people, their choices, their decisions, actions, and values. He goes on to explain that systems and processes of corporate governance alone do not ensure the creation of value, or the preservation of precious resources or any other form of sustainability. In their current form, they are inadequate as a means of regulating the corporate, public, and third sectors. Charlie’s coaching business focuses on tangible ways in which business leaders and consumers alike can lead the way towards a more sustainable, equitable future, particularly through people-oriented governance in the Boardroom.
Charlie’s clients rely on him interchangeably as consultant, adviser, critical friend, or coach, depending on their own needs and preferences.
Clients quickly discover that Charlie has a highly-developed ability to understand them, their needs, and circumstances, and to translate that understanding into effective strategies for enhanced performance.
When working with Charlie, clients accelerate the achievement of their aims, objectives, personal and corporate performance, quality, and value by maximising their strengths, leadership, and personal mastery.
With Professor Judge Mervyn King SC, author of the KING Codes of Governance (KING I, II, III, and IV) with other members of the Fulcrum Group Thinktank.
In addition to his own coaching and consultancy business, Charlie is an original member of the Finegreen Group Board Capability Division, a member of the Tutu Foundation Health Advisory Board, and he recently completed a stay as PhD tutor for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) course at the University of Northampton Business School.
Charlie is a founding member of the Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust. This newly forming trust of schools in Cambridgeshire which aims to work collaboratively, recognising the unique talents and skills of schools, to secure successful educational actions which improve outcomes and opportunities for young people in Cambridgeshire.
His voluntary and pro bono work includes acting as a member of the Advisory Council of Women in Marketing, a charity established to further the career and life aspirations of women and minority groups in the marketing industry, and serving on the Advisory Board of the UK Social Value Portal.